Last day in Hobart and would not give the Salamanca markets a miss to finish off our gourmet food and wine journey. Freshly grown produce, pure honeys, jams, pickles and speciality cheeses. Buskers added to the market vibe on a sunshiny day. Creative crafts and Eats aplenty. Hunted down the scallop pies we heard so much about which were very different and delicious. Some wine and cheese snacks under a big oak tree, was cherry on top as we people watched.
Last stop at the Tasmanian museum to explore the history of the area further. Sad to read about the extinction of the Tasmanian tiger which was wiped out by farmers who considered them pests. Apparently there have been recent sightings however as there is no evidence the reporters were considered drunken fools whose imagination took over their sensibilities!
We also stumbled across a museum of Antarctic explorers which looked interesting but had no time to view as we had to run for our bus to the airport, ah....
27 October 2017
Eagle Hawk Neck area:-
An entry to Port Arthur where dog lines were put in place to prevent prisoners escaping from Port Arthur.
A well known area for blue fin tuna fishing. And crayfish. A sheer cliff rocky outlook called Devil's kitchen and Tasman Arch - a cave's roof collapsed to form a chasm and a loud blow hole.
Eagle Hawk Neck area continued.
Onto something more light hearted...leaving Port Arthur we were amused to come across the Doo village and the locals have had a bit of fun with their town name:
Doo Town is a quaint seaside village famous for its quirky house names. Overlooking the southern end of Pirates Bay near the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula, Doo Town emerged in the 1930s as a small village of holiday cottages or 'shacks'.
We came across houses named:
Love me doo
Much a doo
Do F@xk all
Dr Doolittle etc!
More on Port Arthur...
The free communities living on Port Arthur such as the commander, doctor, judge, accountants, etc ensured they were surrounded by beautiful gardens and houses which were the result of convicts' hard labour. They also set up self sustaining fruit and vegetable gardens and had their grog shipped in. Farmed cattle and poultry and had an abundance of fresh seafood. The convicts were not so fortunate, having meager portions of basic food often suffering from health related illnesses due to lack of nutritional food and warm conditions. The average life expectancy was 40.
With the end of convict deportation, Port Arthur became an institution for the aging and physically mentally ill. It is now a beautiful restored piece of history for tourists to step back in time.
Port Arthur convict Island
From 1833 Port Arthur was used as a punishment station for British repeat offenders from all the Australian colonies. Often the crimes were petty involving theft of food but there was also hardened criminals such as murderers all having to live together.
Rehabilitation involved discipline and punishment, religious and moral instruction, training and education. Many men were broken, but some left Port Arthur with the skills to be blacksmiths, shoemakers and shipbuilders
Port Arthur's community of military and free men and their families lived in stark contrast to the convict population. Free people living a life of parties and regattas while the convicts suffered and endured harsh conditions.
By 1840 more than 2000 convicts soldiers and staff lived at Port Arthur which by this time was a major settlement. A range of goods were produced here - everything from worked stone to furniture, clothing, boats and ships. Most criminals never left prison and Port Arthur
A coach tour to the historical convict Island of Port Arthur. A beautiful sunshine day with brilliant green countryside and pristine vast beaches of azure sea and bright white sand.
Past the town of Richmond where the oldest collection of convict houses can be seen from the period of 1820. The Richmond bridge - also the oldest bridge in Australia was built in 1877 by the convicts from Port Arthur who had no tools or engineering means to build it but is still standing today as strong as ever.
26 October 2017
Bruny Island fudge place for dessert!
A beautiful end to a wonderful day
as we sampled delicious homemade chocolate and fudge. My favorite being the coffee beans coated in dark chocolate.
A little detour to a honey farm to sample a range of honeys produced naturally by a family owned business called The Honey Pot. A gift sample of Manuka honey to go and we were sweeter for the experience!
And then onto freshly baked blueberry muffins and tea with a view. Should have skipped the muffins if we knew what else was on the menu....
Decided to explore further afield on The Hobart Red Decker.
Travelled along Brooke Street Pier
St. George's church
St. George's terrace
Wrest point casino
Sandy bay village
South Hobart Village
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Get Shucked Oyster Farm
Freshly shucked oysters from the nearby oyster farm in view of our venue. Could not get enough and that is coming from someone who is not partial to oysters!
Bruny Island Gourmet Food tour. Travelled by coach tour bus on ferry across to Bruny Island.
Tasmania is renowned for their paddock to the plate fine good and wine, so this tour is a must do for foodies!
A 6 course gestation event taken in the following order with stunning wild island landscape along the way:...
Started off with a cheese and beer venue
French recipe cheeses made with local milk together with hot wood-fired sourdough bread.
Next onto an oyster farm...
Bruny Island House Of Whisky.
Producers of pure single malt whisky and limited release Seclusion gin. They specialize in rare, limited collectors releases. Mum enjoyed the whiskey while I went ecstatic about the gin. A dash of tonic - nothing else needed - it was that good! Out of my price range but do recommend it to those connoisseurs out there!
Salamanca markets - a whaling processing area in the old days, made of wharehouse stone dating back to 1800's.
Now a vibrant market area and eating prescient. Planning on going back there in a few days as we have heard all about the Salamanca markets as so being worth seeing.
Searched for the elusive white wallaby however as the sun was out they were hiding.
Lunch was at Bruny Island Premium Wine where we had the pleasure of sampling a range of superb wines to go with our Tasmanian salmon that just melted in our mouths! So, so pleasurable an experience!
25 October 2017
MONA - Modern Gallery Of Art
No words to describe this spectacular art gallery - 3 levels of gallery built in sandstone underground. Cave like tunnels of art work . The use of digital device tour guide enabled us to have an understand of the artists' perspective. A whole day at least is needed here to meander around the interesting, innovative and sometimes shocking works of art. Certainly challenges one to look deeper into the meaning of the art on display.
24 October 2017
A Hop of the big Dekker bus to the Hobart Botanical gardens. So worth a visit especially as spring is in the air with blooming splendor everywhere!
Established in 1818 in the early years of the development of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical gardens. Epicurean gardens, rose gardens, succulent gardens, indigenous gardens, Japanese gardens and a orchid greenhouse in beautifully preserved grounds.
23 October 2017
Van Diemans land/Tasmania
Arrived in a cool Tasmania. Settled into our hotel which was close to central town and bayside marina. Lovely harbor town surrounded by the backdrop of Mount
Explored this gorgeous historic town with ancient marina seafarers buildings and early English settler architecture.
Friendly town folk going at a leisurely calm pace compared to the hustle and bustle of Brisbane. Beautiful gourmet alfresco restaurants and pubs, aromatic coffee shops and fresh seafood on welcome and the Tasmanian salmon looks fantastic.
Fishing trawlers serving fresh fish straight from sea to your plate.